India’s largest automaker has been having a pretty good streak lately. Since the end of the lockdown, Maruti Suzuki’s sales figures have been going up almost every month. While there were roadblocks every now and then, smooth sailing is on the cards – March 2021 proved this theory right. Well, almost. In March 2020, Maruti Suzuki sold 76,240 cars from its passenger vehicles division. Meanwhile, March 2021 saw the company moving 146,203 cars in the domestic market – a staggering growth of 92 percent, year-over-year. At the same time, total domestic sales went up from 152,983 units in February 2021 to 155,417 units in March 2021 – a month-over-month growth of 2 percent.
As for Maruti Suzuki’s cumulative sales (domestic + exports) in March 2021, that figure stood at 167,014 units. Given that the automaker sold 83,792 units the same month last year, that represents year-over-year growth of 99 percent. The total export figures recorded for March 2021 by Maruti Suzuki stood at 11,597 units – a growth of 146 percent over March 2020 when the company shipped just 4,712 units. However, with 11,486 units exported in February 2021, the month-over-month growth recorded in March 2021 was only 1 percent. Last month also saw Maruti Suzuki’s sales to other OEMs hit 5,899 units, compared to 2,104 units sold in March 2020.
Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki posted a degrowth of 6.7 percent when it came to its total sales for the FY2020-21. This is because the carmaker sold 1,563,297 units in the previous financial year (FY2019-20), compared to 1,457,861 units this time. Overall, the company recorded degrowth across most fronts owing to the massive impact brought by the nation-wide lockdown in 2020. Compared to FY2019-20, FY2020-21 saw total export sales decline by 5.9 percent, whilst total domestic sales fell by 7.8 percent. Thankfully for Maruti Suzuki, March 2021 sales of its passenger cars were mostly positive across the board.
Maruti Suzuki’s most popular models, like the Baleno, Celerio, Dzire, WagonR, and Swift, etc., accounted for 82,201 units sold last month. Compared to 40,519 units sold in March 2020, that’s a year-over-year growth of almost 103 percent. Meanwhile, models like the Alto and S-Presso brought in sales of 24,653 units in March 2021 – a growth of 54 percent, year-over-year. On the other hand, sales of the Ciaz sedan were down by nearly 13 percent, moving 1,628 units compared to 1,853 units in March 2020. On a positive note, Maruti Suzuki sold 26,174 units of the Ertiga, Vitara Brezza, S-Cross, and XL6 in March 2021. In comparison to 11,904 units sold in March 2020, that’s a year-over-year growth of almost 120 percent.